Molecular Biology Lead

Website Genvax Technologies

Genvax Technologies is a startup livestock vaccine company located in Ames, Iowa. We have a dynamic team of experienced scientists and entrepreneurs poised to develop next generation mRNA + nanoparticle vaccines. This isn’t the first go-around for co-founders Joel Harris and Dr. Hank Harris, who successfully created, grew and sold Harrisvaccines to Merck Animal Health in 2015. We are looking for those who aren’t afraid to wear many hats at Genvax and will accept challenges to grow professionally along the way. If you are looking for progressive technology coupled with modern culture and aren’t afraid of a challenge, this may be the place for you.

Position Overview:

Genvax Technologies seeks a molecular biologist to lead the development of self-amplifying RNA vaccines for the treatment of livestock diseases. The manager will be responsible for the molecular work required to generate DNA constructs, synthesize high quality mRNA, and produce sa RNA-nanoparticle vaccines.

Essential Job Functions:

-Selection, editing and defining DNA sequences
-Cloning and linearization of DNA
-In vitro transcription and purification of RNA
-Quality control of RNA
-Nanoparticle Preparation
-Training and directing the activities of personnel
-Purchasing supplies and maintenance of instrumentation
-All other tasks as needed by the Company

-M.S. or Ph.D. required in Microbiology, Immunology or Molecular Biology
-Experience and strong training required in molecular biology
-Experience desirable in:Vaccine production
-USDA/CVB regulatory documentation for vaccine licensure
-Good Manufacturing Practices
-Ability to work out of our lab in Ames, Iowa
-Must be able to perform essential lab functions satisfactorily

Organizational Relationships:

-Reports to Chief of Staff and Facilities
-Genvax Technologies has an experienced Scientific Advisory Board that will be available for advice and direction

Additional Information:
-Potential opportunity to participate in Equity Incentive plan.

-It is the policy of Genvax Technologies to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. This policy relates to all phases of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, employment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, reduction of workforce and termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, the use of all facilities, and participation in all company-sponsored employee activities.

-Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the US. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment Visa at this time.

-The Molecular Biology Lead must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship.

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